Bill to name Tiger Salamander State Amphibian advances

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DENVER — A bill to name the Tiger Salamander as Colorado’s State Amphibian cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday.

House Bill 1147, proposed by Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver), passed in the Agricultural Committee.

According to House Democrats, the measure was initiated by students across Colorado who are tiger salamander enthusiasts, many of whom testified in support of the bill.

“They are truly an amazing amphibian,” said Ben Vagle, a sixth-grader at Stanley British Primary School in Denver.

The tiger salamander is found in all 64 Colorado counties and has fossils dating to prehistoric times.

“This is such a great way to teach students by showing them how a bill becomes a law,” Rep. Williams said. “Seeing their enthusiasm in the legislative process has been truly rewarding, and I hope the bill will continue on and the tiger salamander will soon be Colorado’s state amphibian.”

Tiger salamanders are typically brown or greenish in color with yellow stripes or blotches. They grow up to 14 inches in length.